The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) delegation met with Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Speaker of the National Assembly, on Thursday, but the meeting was unsuccessful because he refused to accept widespread resignations from PTI National Assembly members (MNAs). Former National Assembly speaker Asad Qaiser served as the delegation’s leader, and other PTI leaders in the group included Qasim Soori, Amir Dogar, Amjad Niazi, and Faheem Khan. The topic of the resignations of PTI MNAs was thoroughly discussed by the delegation and the speaker.
The NA speaker told the delegation that in a parliamentary democracy, dialogue is the only course of action. He also stressed that the decision regarding the resignations would be taken by the assembly’s bylaws and the Constitution.
He emphasised once more, nevertheless, that each party’s MNA must personally confirm his resignation.
According to the constitution, “a resignation letter must be authored by the member himself or herself,” according to Ashraf.
The delegation of the previous ruling party presented the speaker with written demands, stating that the members had all jointly resigned to clear the path for general elections in the nation.
On the other hand, the NA speaker has reportedly encouraged the PTI to return to the House once more and said that “polls are only a few months away, come to the Legislature and play your job.”
Sources added that the PTI members made their return to the NA contingent on the declaration of a timetable for the general elections and asserted that the PTI has the public’s majority mandate.
Following the meeting, the NA speaker addressed the media and claimed that the conversation with the PTI delegation took place in a “nice atmosphere.”
In the Constitution, it is stated that resignations must be signed by hand. The speaker will call the member who has submitted a resignation to ensure there are no outside pressures on the individual.